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Online Safety Orientation

The health and safety of our staff and researchers is of primary importance to us. The objective of this course is to provide safety awareness and training to all Chemistry Department personnel in the Lash Miller and Davenport Research Laboratories. There is a wide variety of chemicals and research equipment in use that may present significant risk to researchers and staff alike.

This course covers a wide range of health, safety, and waste disposal topics, including the Standard Operating Procedures currently in place in the Department of Chemistry. It also includes training on subject material required under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) regulations. It is important to understand that this course supplements the information in the various Research Group Safety Manuals, but does not replace it. In view of the large number, complexity, and variety of laboratory procedures, the course focuses on the aspects of health and safety that are most common to all workers in the Department of Chemistry.

The course material and final quiz was prepared by the Department of Chemistry Joint Health and Safety Committee with the assistance of the University of Toronto Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Getting Started

All new researchers, staff, students, visitors and volunteers must successfully complete the Chemistry online Safety Orientation Course in order to start work at the Lash Miller and Davenport Research Laboratories. No door keys will be issued until the Course is successfully completed. Read each section of the Health and Safety Guide, including the links provided to additional information on the Department of Chemistry website.

The Chemistry Safety quiz for obtaining lab keys is now integrated with the Department Account Services online form: https://sites.chem.utoronto.ca/chemaccount/.

New Chemistry users will need to register for an account in order to complete the quiz by clicking the New Account Request. Follow the instructions on the next page: Complete the Contact Information and Password Section. Users do not need a UTORid to register or complete the training. In the section "Groups and Services" complete the category drop down menu to identify your role and the Research Group drop down menu to identify your group. Then check the "Safety Quiz to obtain office keys" box. (second from the bottom). Press submit (lower right side at the bottom).

Further information and instructions on completing the quiz will bee-mailed to the user after the registration form is submitted.

For additional questions and feedback, please contact Chemistry Electronics and Computing Facility: e-mail: or in person: LM 436

Taking the Quiz

This is an "open book" quiz and it can be taken once only. The questions in the quiz are randomly selected from a large database. Successful completion of the quiz requires a minimum grade of 80% (32/40). Your mark will appear after completing the quiz. If you do not receive a passing grade, you must arrange a review session with the Safety Coordinator, Ken Greaves at kgreaves@chem.utoronto.ca (416) 978-3570 room 20 before you start work in a lab.

Key authorization forms (PDF) can be printed online from our website. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). After successfully completing the quiz, fill out the form and return it to Linda Scott in room 154. A $50.00 cash deposit is payable per key upon receipt.